Oct. 24, 2003
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. --- Senior outside hitter Kelly Gaudino
posted a match-high 25 kills while Nicole Read added 10 kills and a .526
hitting average to lead UC Davis to a 30-25, 28-30, 30-24, 30-24 over San
Francisco State in a California Collegiate Athletic Association women's
volleyball match at SFSU's Main Gym Friday night.
The Aggies, playing in their first road match since October 1, improve
to 12-9 overall and 7-7 in conference. The Gators drop to 4-18 on the year
and 2-12 in CCAA play.
Mary McClelland recorded 16 digs to lead UC Davis, while Gaudino and
Christina Ng added 14 each. Ng made her first substantial appearance at
setter, taking over such duties to start the third game. She recorded a
career-high 32 assists, mostly in Games 3 and 4. At the net, Read contributed
two solo blocks and a block assist. Fellow freshman middle Rachel Keener
also had three blocks, including one solo stuff that helped the Aggies break
open their Game 3 win.
For SFSU, four players had double-figured kills. Krystle Davis led with
20 kills on 49 swings while Casey Petersen added 17 en route to a .303 hitting
average. Junior Brooke Leverette had 16 kills and Aziza Bledsoe posted 10
kills and 14 digs. Bledsoe added a trio of service aces and a pair of blocks
at the net while libero Angela Abuyen led the Gator floor defense with 16
Read helped wrap up a back-and-forth Game 1 win for UC Davis, serving
up five straight points to finish the win. She had two aces in that stretch,
with a block by Gaudino and Keener helping the cause. Gaudino had eight
of her kills during the first frame.
In Game 2, Krystle Davis hit nine kills against no errors on 14 attempts
to lift the Gators to only their second game victory in more than eight
matches. UC Davis overcame an early 24-16 deficit to cut the Gator lead
to 25-24, but kills by Leverette and Davis cushioned the margin to 27-24.
Later in the game, Keener downed a free ball to bring the score to a 28-27
SFSU advantage. Davis lofted a soft kill into an open Aggie midcourt to
set up a 29-27 game point, Gaudino tooled the Gator block to make it 29-28,
then Bledsoe pounded one off the Aggies' block for the game-winner.
UC Davis established as much as a 19-11 lead after Keener's back-to-back
service aces, but SFSU approached to within a 23-21 Aggie lead. However,
Gaudino and opposite Jill McPheeters combined for three kills and an additional
solo block by Keener gave UC Davis a 29-21 lead. Gaudino put down her 20th
kill of the match for the 30th point.
Game 4 resembled Game 3 as UC Davis started with a 15-9 lead but saw
it diminish as Petersen and Bledsoe alternated four straight kills to cut
the deficit to 15-13. The Gators tied Game 4 at 20-20 on Brooke Leverette's
sixth kill of the game, then tied it two more times at 22-22 and 23-23,
the latter thanks to a kill by freshman Dawn Heumann.
Three points later, Kate Wilton knocked down a side-out kill to give
UC Davis a 26-24 lead. Sarah Johnstone, who had previously come off the
bench to serve and provide solid defense, entered the match and served the
last four points, including a game-winning kill by Wilton. Johnstone finished
the match with four digs in limited rotations.
The Aggies return to the road Saturday for a conference match at Sonoma
|UC Davis (12-9, 7-7 CCAA)
|San Francisco State (4-18, 2-12 CCAA)
UC DAVIS (kills-aces-blocks) - Kate Wilton 11-1-1, Kelly Gaudino 25-0-1,
Marritt Cafarchia 2-0-0, Christina Ng 1-1-0, Rachel Keener 6-2-3, Nicole
Read 10-2-3, Sarah Johnstone 0-0-0, Mary McClelland 0-0-0, Kim Vincent 3-0-1,
Jill McPheeters 2-0-0, Ellen Fitzpatrick 6-0-0. Totals 66-6-6.0. Assists
- Christina Ng 32, Marritt Cafarchia 21. Digs leaders - Mary McClelland
16, Kelly Gaudino 14, Christina Ng 14.
SFSU (kills-aces-blocks) - Brooke Leverette 16-0-0, Chris Matteucci
0-0-1, Dawn Heumann 4-0-3, Aziza Bledsoe 10-3-2, Casey Petersen 17-0-0,
Krystle Davis 20-3-2, Angela Abuyen 0-0-0, Audrey Biehle 0-0-0. Totals 67-6-5.0.
Assists - Chris Matteucci 58. Digs leaders - Angela Abuyen 16, Aziza Bledsoe
14, Krystle Davis 13.